On This Day

What Happened in February 1587

Historical Events

Execution of Mary Queen of Scots

Feb 8 Mary, Queen of Scots, is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle aged 44 after being convicted of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I in the Babington Plot


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 26 Stefano Landi, Italian opera composer (Il Sant'Alessio), and teacher, born in Rome, Papel States (now Italy) (d. 1639)

Famous Deaths

ExecutionMary, Queen of Scots

Feb 8 Mary, Queen of Scots [Mary Stuart], Queen of Scotland (1560-87), beheaded at 44